Parties divide 10 envoy seats

  • NC to pick ambassador for India and UML for the US
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 11, 2015-

The ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have agreed to divide 10 vacant ambassadorial positions among the parties, giving the Delhi mission helm to the NC and the New York position to the UML.

The Nepali Embassy in India has been without the ambassador for three-and-a-half years while the US berth remains unoccupied for a year. Leaders involved in negotiations told the Post that the NC will get four ambassadorial positions while the UML will get three in total. The remaining three missions will be led by appointees picked by the UCPN (Maoist) and fringe ruling parties.

While other positions remain undecided, a UML loyal is likely to lead the diplomatic outpost in the UK. “The next Cabinet meeting is likely to appoint ambassadors to at least India and the US,” said an NC leader involved in the process.

NC candidates for one of the two plum postings are Deep Kumar Upadhyay and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s foreign relations adviser Dinesh Bhattarai.

From the UML, Arjun Karki, an activist and development practitioner, and Senior Advocate Bishow Kant Mainali are in the fray. Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said envoys to the two countries would be appointed soon. Though the government appointed six envoys from among career diplomats earlier, there had been no understanding for appointing ambassadors under the political quota.

Political appointments will be made in India, US, UK, Brazil, Egypt, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Germany, Bahrain and Oman. Out of the 16 vacant positions, six appointments were made recently in France, Geneva (Switzerland), Thailand, Canada, South Africa and Kuwait under the career quota from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambika Devi Luitel, Dipak Dhital, Khaganath Adhikari, Kali Prasad Pokhrel, Amrit Rai and Yagya Bahadur Hamal have taken charge of their new assignments.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:07

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